In 2006 Karen began taking courses in Life Drawing and Portrait Drawing, where she learned how to approach these topics. Over these last ten years she have participated in many Art workshops, all of them very freeing and fun but also very informative on how to progress her art in many different ways. In September 2016 Karen began studying at the National College of Art and Design in Ireland, taking on a more academic based course in Drawing and Painting the Figure which included the studying of the Great Masters of the Arts.
Her personal approach is driven by a mixture of instinct and a subject matter that she find interesting, which so far is people, their expressions, mood and movement. Her aim is always to create pieces which are alive, colourful, fun, expressive and tell a story. Hickey likes to work with many different media including charcoal, pencil, chalk and oil pastels, watercolour and acrylic paint.
She is inspired by many artists, including Amedeo Mondigliani, Kees van Dongen, Klimt, Egon Schiele and Mary Swanzy. She wants her art to strike a chord with viewers and for it to turn walls into interesting colourful, storytelling landmarks.